New events launched for 2016

From festivals of light, to festivals of architecture and from luminous origami birds to Renaissance fashion – a stunning variety of events will take place the length and breadth of Scotland during the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.

Across Scotland
The programme of 28 events announced earlier this month with a funding value of £265,350 joins the Festival of Architecture in an exciting line-up that will profile some of Scotland’s greatest assets, icons and hidden gems throughout the year.

With more than 400 events and exhibitions taking place the length and breadth of Scotland, the Festival of Architecture is co-ordinated by The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. Announced in July, the Festival will receive £300,000 from the Scottish Government and £100,000 from VisitScotland.

In Aberdeen
Hand-crafted by visual artist Kathy Hinde, Luminous Birds will animate a flock of origami-style birds suspended overhead. Imitating the illusion of birds flocking together, Luminous Birds will encourage the public, commuters and the community to ‘look up’ and appreciate their surroundings.

SPECTRA, Aberdeen’s stunning Festival of Light will return in 2016 to celebrate the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design through the theme of a ‘Spark of Inspiration’.

The University of Aberdeen May Festival will offer a dedicated programme of events focusing on innovation, architecture and design. Most events in the festival are free and there will be plenty of drop-in fun for all ages.

Further information will be available on the specific events in the coming months.

Get involved
Next year will showcase Scotland’s achievements in innovation, architecture and design through a wide-ranging, variety of new and existing activity to boost tourism in every corner of Scotland.

Is your business geared up for the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016? Download the toolkit today

Pictured: VisitScotland paid homage to the iconic Mackintosh coat (invented by Scottish chemist, Charles Macintosh in 1823) during the launch earlier this month.


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